“The struggles of Mumbai are real. Life literally moves so fast here. But there’s no better struggle than walking into the film industry and thinking about auditions every single morning [pun intended].
I still remember that day like it was yesterday when I freshly graduated from college, although clueless about future but one firm thought in my head – my career in theatre. I took the first train to Mumbai and joined a theatre group to keep myself in touch with acting.
Life in Mumbai was pretty hard at the start. It was difficult to stay positive when I had to balance my bills along with the struggle to get a break in the industry. Fortunately, I got my first TV serial just after 2 years of struggle, “Nagarjun Ek Yodha” (which was suspended after a year) but it gave me a huge hike in my career and thank heavens, I was offered a huge project. Yes, a break which is a dream for every single actor.
I got the opportunity to work with Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in Raazi. I was asked to play the role of young “Nikhil Bakshi” who barely had any dialogues but I couldn’t care less. I was desperate to get any sort of acting work to justify my move to Mumbai.
When I walked into the rehearsal room filled with famous personalities like Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, and Jaideep Ahlawat, my heart started racing faster. The rehearsal session took 4 hours to complete and I was elated by the way I delivered my dialogues. Meghna mam and Jaideep Sir congratulated me for the break and welcomed me to the team with open arms. I was thrilled.
Since then, I have come a long way. There are many hurdles and challenges in an actor’s life. It’s no cakewalk. I am doing what I always dreamt of. Yet, I wake up every day with a thought, how long before I can make my name? and then the voice in my head answers – Soon, Very Soon!”